People who make the difference
Degrowth was the topic of the ASA-Photo-Stories in 2015. This picture of an old airplane in Grenada got the 3rd prize. It reminds of the Cold War. © Kristin Sander

ASA-Photo-Stories 2016

Take part and hand your ideas in

The ASA program’s annual subject 2016 is ‘Freedom of movement’. The term describes the ability to freely change one’s position within social or geographical coordinates. Yet, our world is characterized by borders effective both on national and international levels. Social as well as spatial mobility is restricted by political, social or bureaucratic barriers in varying degrees. As a result, freedom of movement is not enjoyed equally among individuals and groups.
In particular, people from the Global South are often confronted with insuperable restrictions concerning their freedom to travel and to migrate. As a result, nationality becomes an important and powerful category in the examination of freedom of movement. Still, it is only one in many factors that restrict people’s mobility. Economic resources, health, gender, education, mental or physical disabilities and other structural characteristics also influence people’s freedom of movement.
By choosing ‘Freedom of movement’ as annual subject, the ASA network takes global and local questions of migration, social inequality and inclusion into focus. It would like to encourage a discussion on mobility in light of various privileges. By what means are limitations of one’s freedom of movement produced? How do different barriers and restrictions reflect on the mobility of people? And how can long-established asymmetries and reinforced inequalities regarding social and spatial mobility be changed?

Present your ideas to the ASA network

In the context of contemporary events and personal experience the ASA program invites you to reflect critically upon the concept of freedom of movement and to expose the variety of aspects surrounding it.
All members of the ASA network and current participants can participate in these three categories:
·       Prose and Poetry
·       Photography (with anaccompanying text)
·       Short film (max 3 min)

Closing date: 01 March 2016

ASA-Photo Stories offer a space to critically examine power structures within the production of pictures and texts. You may want to ask how global power structures, stereotypes and racism are dealt with in your pictures and messages. Which pictures and messages do you want to share? What perspective do they reflect?

Have the people you have been taking pictures of or writing about consented to this? Consult the Code of Conduct on Images and Messages in development organizations for further guidance and information at ASA-Wiki (

ASA-Photo-Stories as an Activity of Global Learning

By participating in ASA-Photo-Stories you may implement your Activity of Global Learning (AGL). For doing so, you are asked to send a short idea sketch to NiNa Reichert ( Thereafter, you will be able to participate regularly at ASA-Photo Stories by sending your contribution(s) to

Images/prose/lyric/films will be pre-selected by an interdisciplinary jury, which includes individuals from the creative sector as well as people working in development and political education. The jury members will write short comments on your entries, which you will receive together with a certificate.
Those entries chosen by the jury will be presented at the ASA-Open meeting in May 2016. Participants of the ASA-Open meeting will then have a chance to award a prize to entries that they find particularly useful to represent the ASA program.
We look forward to your contributions!

Within a short time you will find a link to download all papers to participate.